I’ve been waiting an especially long time to see this movie because my local movie theater didn’t deem it necessary to actually play this movie. I find this funny especially since it played the movie Love, Simon, which you can read my review of here, but they refused to play this movie. There is definitely a double standard when it comes to movies containing LGBT content at my local theater, but I’m not here to discuss that, I’m here to discuss this movie and to let you know if it was worth the wait, so keep reading.
This movie is about Billie Jean King, played by Emma Stone, famous women’s Tennis player who was like the Serena Williams of her time. In fact, she basically paved the way for Serena Williams and without her women’s tennis wouldn’t be what is it is today. Anyway, with that being said, this movie basically started with the wage gap between the men and the women who played in the tournaments. Deciding that she was no longer going to follow their rules, she basically starts her own tennis league of women. This leads to her coming to terms with her own sexuality as well as gaining the interest of Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carell. Bobby Riggs is a chauvinist who basically thinks that he’s better than any woman tennis player out there so he challenges them. He at first challenges Billie Jean King, but she refuses and Bobby goes onto beat Billie’s rival. After going on a losing streak of her own as her personal life is collapsing around her, Billie decides to take Bobby up on his offer and they play a match that will forever go down as one of the greats in tennis history.
I’m a big tennis fan and I really enjoyed this movie. I thought it was one of the better tennis movies made and it still focuses on a lot of the rights that people are still fighting for today like LGBT rights and equal pay rights. All of that aside though, the movie flowed perfectly and while the main focus was on Billie Jean King, there was also a focus on Bobby Riggs and how after his famous tennis days, he had basically turned into a shell of a person. He worked a job that he hated, had a wife who wouldn’t let him gamble, and was just basically a miserable person. I like the fact that this movie showed both sides to the story and while the first hour delved into both Billie Jean King’s and Bobby Rigg’s personal lives, the ending hour was about their match. I thought both portions were captivating and after the last few movies that I watched, which weren’t the greatest, this was a great pick me up type of movie.
While there were a bunch of people in this movie besides Emma Stone and Steve Carell, like Elizabeth Shue and Sarah Silverman, who was just the funniest person in this whole movie, Emma Stone and Steve Carell just stole the movie. Both of their performances were stellar and they just knocked it out of the park as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Separately they were amazing and they were even more amazing when they shared the screen together. Without these two, this movie wouldn’t have been as good as it was.
Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.
I would say that while I enjoyed this movie and thought it was a movie that touched on a lot of subjects that are still relevant today, this is not really a movie for everyone. I would say that if you’re a tennis fan then this is the movie for you as it’s better than a hell of a lot of the other tennis movies out there. Also if you know anything about Billie Jean King or this Battle of the Sexes match, then this is definitely the movie for you. If these things don’t interest you, I think that this would be an utter bore fest since it’s not one of those movies that you can just pick up and watch. It would be like me watching a movie about basketball. It’s not my favorite sport and I don’t know a lot about it or the history behind it so I would be staring at my phone most of the time since it would be hard to get into. Other than that, I really thought this was an awesome movie and I wish it would have gotten a little bit more credit and acknowledgment than it did.